The campaign has been going for just over two weeks now, and we’ve raised almost $600. That’s about 25 percent of our total fundraising goal. And in less than 25 percent of the allotted time to boot.
There’s still a long way to go, but after all the kind words and seeing the number of people willing to go big and pitch in more than the minimum, I feel pretty confident.
So far it’s all been through Facebook and social media. But next weekend, we’re going to launch the offline campaign as well. There’s some really cool stuff planned like readings, giveaways, a literary scavenger hunt and an art show.
There’s also a mural of some of the interior art going up at Hyde Park Books that will be on display for the duration of the campaign.
There are going to be two readings next weekend at Hyde Park Books. One on 8 p.m., Friday, May 20 with another local author, Elisabeth McKetta. And another the next night, the 21st, as the “official launch” of the Secrets and Lies campaign. I’m going to be reading, then discussing the process and importance of crowdfunding that night along with local comic artist Christopher Hunt who funded his last book through Kickstarter.
Though it wasn’t deliberate, the rapture is also apparently scheduled for May 21. But I don’t expect it to affect attendance. And I mean that in every way it can be interpreted. However, I would like to commemorate the occasion by having raised at least $666 by go-time.
With all that going on, I’m fairly confident we’ll hit our goal of $2,400 so we can give Secrets and Lies everything it needs to succeed.
If you haven’t contributed yet, you can do so here, or come to either of the events where I’ll be glad to talk you through the process. And if you have contributed, please pass the campaign on to anyone you know who might be interested in supporting independent authors.